Paperback, 154 pages
Published June 17th 2014 by Solstice Publishing
Source: I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review
When literary agent Tracy Ratcliffe travels to the sleepy village of Wentworth Cove, Maine, for a much-needed vacation, the most excitement she's expecting is a sunset walk along the beach. Instead, she hears about a portrait of a woman who looks suspiciously like her that has hung in the local art gallery for years, even though she's never set foot in Wentworth Cove before. Tracy also meets handsome Nathan Norsworthy, a moody aspiring novelist who takes her breath away. Nathan helps her deal with the suspicion that the man she knew and loved as her father probably wasn't. That is, until she begins to suspect that Nathan is using her to break into the world of publishing.
This is an easy, refreshing story about a woman, Tracy, who takes a much needed break for a month in a small town in Maine. She encounters a mysterious man, whom she is not impressed with. While there, she also discovers a secret from her past, that shakes her to her core.
I loved the soothing, nostalgic dialogue and characters, as well as the setting. Tracy seemed much older than thirty in some regards, yet she was quick to assume and jump to conclusions, which helped her seem more her age and not as mature as I first thought. She has a way about her that draws friends to her and I enjoyed watching those friendships bloom, between those older than her and those much younger than her. She's a very likable character.
The first woman she meets is a neighbor, Kate. Kate makes everyone feel at ease, including the reader. She's very stable, accepting, and friendly. I loved unraveling the little mysteries, right along with Tracy. I really enjoyed Nathan and his family as well.
A few of the characters felt similar to me. It was clear who was speaking, but they often blended into one another because their voices were so alike. The pro to that is I really liked all but one character and the con is that I really wanted them all to be more unique.
I would love to visit Maine someday. The imagery was really beautiful and it was a great story.
Content: a vague, possible affair from the past; mild kissing; Clean!
About the Author:
Rebecca Stevenson is a freelance editor and writer whose frequent visits to New England have become the inspirations and settings for her stories. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Dallas Area Romance Authors and currently lives in Texas with her husband.
To learn more about Rebecca, check out her website: http://www.rebeccastevensonwri